His older sons lay there as if resting side by side. Their clothes were soaked with dark blood and riddled with holes. With the gunfire raging outside, he stuck the knife into the side of the tent and cut a small hole. Peering through it, he saw the battle. Sabah and three of the men were firing from behind a shield of dead camels. He went to the other side of the tent. This time he plunged the knife into the fabric and drew it sharply downward. Khalif snuck through the opening and worked his way into the darkness. Moving in a wide arc, he curled in behind his enemies and slipped into the oasis.
Preoccupied with Sabah and his men at their front, the bandits never noticed Khalif flanking them. He came up behind them and opened fire, blasting them in the back from close range. Three went down quickly and then a fourth. Another tried to run and was killed by a shot from Sabah, but the sixth and final thug turned around in time and fired back.
Khalif aimed the old rifle and pulled the trigger. The shell jammed in the breach. He grabbed the bolt and worked to free it, but his wounded arm was not strong enough to break loose the frozen action. And then the sound of the Webley revolver rang out like thunder. The bandit fell against a date palm with a puzzled look on his face. He slid down it, the weapon falling from his hands into the water.
Jinn stood behind the dead man, holding the pistol in a shaking grip, his eyes filled with tears. Khalif looked around for more enemies, but he saw none. The shooting had stopped. He could hear Sabah shouting to the men. The battle was over. You have saved your father.
You have saved your family. Khalif raised the curved knife, ready to finish the man, but then held himself back. The future of the clan rests with you. You must learn to be strong. Jinn continued to shake, but Khalif was all the more certain now. Kindness and generosity had almost destroyed them. Such weakness had to be banished from his only surviving son.
If we have not the strength to kill our enemies, they will take the waters from us. And without the waters, we inherit only wandering and death. Khalif knew he could force Jinn to do it, knew he could order him and the boy would follow the command. But he needed Jinn to choose the act himself. The bandit glanced back at him, but instead of Jinn buckling, his hand grew steady. He looked the bandit in the face and pulled the trigger. Continues… Excerpted from "The Storm" by. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Publishing Group. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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A wave of pain swept over Khalif; pain and bitterness and anger. There did not seem to be enough of them to have taken the camp by force. He turned to Jinn. He landed in the water. The bandit rushed toward him, perhaps thinking him dead or too wounded to fight. His son moved toward him, shaking and trembling.
Khalif took him under one arm and held him. Khalif held his shoulder tightly. A sound from the right turned Khalif. One of the bandits was alive and trying to crawl away. Khalif stared back, firm and unyielding. Slowly, he turned and raised the pistol. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Arctic Drift Dirk Pitt Series The Various Books we sell. Clearance - These will generally be in the clearance category, some of these titles might be slightly defective but we do our best to make sure they are in mint quality before sending. Please see terms and conditions for more info.
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Strong characters escaping implausible situtati I have to admit there is something comforting in reading a Cussler book. Strong characters escaping implausible situtations? Globe threatening bad guy with a doomsday device and a secret hideout? Tons of action and adventure? BUT, it works. Maybe I've got a soft spot or an addiction since I've been reading his books since I was 15 years old, but I'm always satisfied by his books.
IMHO, his books are the ultimate summer beach read. Just a quick, very fun read. This has your classic megalomaniac set on ruling the world. In this case it's a Bedouin who had his world turned upside down and is seeking revenge against the entire world. One of those "I'll show you what messing with me gets you" crazy people. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on the case and these two problem-solvers are amazing at figuring out what's going on and how to take down the insane lunatic. Of course, they are not magicians and tend to get into death-defying situations before actually This has your classic megalomaniac set on ruling the world.
Of course, they are not magicians and tend to get into death-defying situations before actually taking said crazy person down. May 27, Linda rated it really liked it. Another action packed adventure for Kurt and the gang. Always fun to see how past and present entertwine. Aug 03, Ghost Archer rated it it was ok.
I started reading Clive Cussler with Raise the Titanic many, many years ago and since that time I have always looked forward to his next book. Sadly, that enthusiasm has waned over the last few years as Mr.
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Cussler has expanded his scope and cast of characters. When the Storm appeared, I did not even consider it as a purchase and truthfully had it not been a gift I doubt I would have read it but once I have a book in my hands I am compelled to read it no matter how bad. Do not mistake me, The St I started reading Clive Cussler with Raise the Titanic many, many years ago and since that time I have always looked forward to his next book.
For a man that can provide nearly any tidbit of information about a Talbot Lago someone has not been paying attention to other technical aspects of this story. Within the first few pages, in fact in the first few page, the author has guaranteed I am about to be annoyed from the get-go.
In the failing light he saw four black dots wheeling in the gray sky and dropping toward the ship. Flashes lit from their wings. Too late. Fifty caliber shells stitched a line across the ship, cutting the lookout in half and blasting apart what was left of the bridge. Shards of wood, glass and steel flew about the compartment. Real aircraft. Unfortunately the A6M generally carried a pair of 7. The fifty caliber machinegun was mounted almost exclusively on American-made aircraft.
Cussler has for so many years provided meticulous technical details for a myriad of automobiles, I find it rather shoddy writing not to bother to research something as simple as this. As for the main characters they are rather stereo-typical Cussler the only difference is the method by which they get the stuffing pounded out of them before having to call on the very last ounce of fortitude to save the day.
The villain is another stereo-type, the brilliant insane power-mad type and the plot followed the formula precisely. Everything was there, all that one has come to expect over the years from Cussler. Interesting enough to keep me reading, but not exciting enough to have me begging for more.
This was like buying a Lamborghini and finding an old 4 cylinder engine out of a Pinto. View 1 comment. Jan 19, Steven Feeney rated it liked it. As a long running fan of Clive Cussler, including both his fiction and non-fiction, it has been a real shame to watch the dilution of the Cussler name with inferior co-writers.
The Storm, unfortunately, continues the downward trend. It is the standard Cussler adventure template with a few expected twists and cursory nod to modern technology and ecological issues. However, the series is clearly missing the loving Cussler prose that characterised the Pitt series. It has all of the ingredients but wi As a long running fan of Clive Cussler, including both his fiction and non-fiction, it has been a real shame to watch the dilution of the Cussler name with inferior co-writers. It has all of the ingredients but without the Grandmaster of Adventure at the helm it is just a clone of his earlier work.
Austin and Zavala have some OK-ish banter as they globetrot from one perilous pursuit to the next, impervious to pain and the elements but you can never shake the feeling they are Pitt and Giordino lite. The Storm is enjoyable for a rainy Sunday or killing time at the airport but if you are expecting the highs of Inca Gold or Sahara you will be disappointed. Which makes me a little bit sad. Cussler is an old-school adventurer who lived it and wrote it, surviving on little more than good baloney, dreams, perseverance and a cunning knack for risk taking.
Any readers would do well to delve into his early work. Recommended for fans only. May 30, Bob rated it really liked it. Another adventure with Jurt Austin and the NUMA crew as they work the thwart an attempt to change the ocean temperature which would change the wind and where the rains would fall. The method was to manufacture nano machines that would change the reflectivity of the ocean Indian to change the water temperature. The nanobots were controlled by radio and could be directed to attack and devour living matter and reproduce themselves.
CUssler a it again with a rapid fire action adventure and a quick Another adventure with Jurt Austin and the NUMA crew as they work the thwart an attempt to change the ocean temperature which would change the wind and where the rains would fall. CUssler a it again with a rapid fire action adventure and a quick read. Sep 09, Liza rated it really liked it.
My first Clive Cussler book. Imagine if you will, a swarm of microbots in the ocean with the ability to change the weather pattern anywhere in the world. What would happen? What would happen if these microbots were meant to keep the waters clean of debris and were able to "reproduce" uncontrolled? Originally created for good, but made bad.
I will read more by this author. It is not longer a "man" book to me. Feb 28, Douglas rated it really liked it Shelves: adventure , fiction , thriller. Better than the last one I read.
Jan 08, hamptonenglish10 rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Alexander Russ Acadenic English 10 Ms. Emmett 7 January The Storm by Clive Cussler is a very thrilling book with many twists and turns that are impossible to predict. The unpredictable storyline and the intriguing plot make The Storm a bestselling novel. Cussler creates characters that are not what they seem, which keeps the reader on edge throughout the book.
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Many different story lines, which appear to be unconnected, combine to make a very interesting story. Dirk tells Kurt that the sunken ship was taking water samples in the Indian Ocean when it was mysteriously attacked, killing all on board. Dirk orders Kurt to meet up with his partner, Joe Zavala, and take the next flight to the Maldives to investigate the enigmatic sinking. Once at the Maldives, Kurt and Joe determine that tiny, microscopic robots caused the ship to sink.
The robots had been stolen from a private laboratory on an obscure island in the Indian Ocean. They travel to this mysterious island in an effort to get answers. Marchetti, the man who created these robots, tells Kurt and Joe that there is a madman from Yemen who stole his invention and is using it to permanently alter the weather on a global scale. Marchetti believes that the madman will kill millions by altering the weather if governments do not pay his blackmail demands. Kurt and Joe eventually make their way to Yemen where they confront the madman in an adventure they will never forget.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, thriller, or suspenseful books. The Storm is filled with multiple twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing throughout the entire book. There are plenty of times where it appears that Kurt and Joe are about to meet their demise, but at the last moment they escape by using their wits and clever minds.
The Storm is a very entertaining book with plenty of action and adventure that will keep the reader guessing until the final chapter. Dec 17, Steven Daniel rated it it was amazing. The book, The Storm by Clive Cussler was a very interesting book. I thought it was a great book that had lots of descriptive detail and painted a picture in my head as I read. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on an expedition to find out what destroyed their fellow workers' ship, what it could potentially do, and who was behind it all. This book offers everything from modern day technology with nanobots, all the way back to a World War 2 island with soldiers there who still think it is World War 2 The book, The Storm by Clive Cussler was a very interesting book.
This book offers everything from modern day technology with nanobots, all the way back to a World War 2 island with soldiers there who still think it is World War 2. It seemed no one had bothered to tell them the war was over" Cussler I'm just amazed how much detail Clive uses throughout this entire novel. The places they travel from a man-made island all the way to the desert.